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, and there are reports that some buildings have collapsed. raymond joseph is haiti's ambassador to the united states. he joins us on the phone. mr. ambassador, thank you for joining us. >> well, thank you, good night and it's a pleasure and a tough situation for me to be on the air tonight. >> couric: well, what can you tell us, mr. ambassador. what are you hearing about what has happened in haiti from residents there? >> i was able to reach the secretary general to the presidency mr. fritz longchamp, the only official i was able to contact. and he told me he was driving his car east from port-au-prince to a suburb east of the capital and buildings started to collapse on both sides of the streets so he had to park his car and start walking. and it was just at that instant that i found him. he said it is aÑi catastrophe of major proportions. that's his own words. and he told me he was not able to reach any official, not the president nor anyone. and he was walking to his place not knowing what was awaiting him, not knowing whether he could cross the bridge to get to his place. so, you know, it's hard re
and cannot fly into the united states. since the detroit attack, the white house has ordered a review. sources say the national counterterrorism center has now sent hundreds of new names to the f.b.i. and the f.b.i. has upgraded hundreds of names from the master watch list to the selectee category. but for intelligence officials, it's a daunting challenge, trying to identify the true terrorists among a mass of suspects. >> there isn't a magic formula or a magic google program that will spew out a defined list of bad people. there has to be a human component here, and there's judgment at play and that judgment can be faulty. and we saw that in this recent case of abdulmutallab. >> reporter: now, officials say no watch list is perfect, but as a first line of defense, it has to be better than it was on christmas day. katie? >> couric: bob orr in washington. thanks, bob. turning to the economy now, the experts had been hoping, even expecting, that the latest jobs report today would show at least some improvement. but it didn't. the labor department said the unemployment rate held at 10% i
of haiti will have the full support of the united states in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble and to deliver the humanitarian relief, the food, water, and medicine that haitians will need in the coming days. i pledge to the people of haiti that you will have a friend and partner in the united states of america today and going forward. >> smith: haiti is about 700 miles from miami sharing the caribbean island of hispaniola with the dominican republic. about nine million people live there, most in poverty. and katie couric tells us now many people woke up today to find what little they had was gone. >> couric: dawn is supposed to bring hope, but today sunlight revealed hundreds dead in the streets of port-au-price. (screaming) >> couric: parents have lost children and children have lost parents. survivors not overcome with grief are using their bare hands to remove the rubble, hoping to find signs of life. it's now a race to save the people buried against the destroyed neighborhoods and shantytowns of the capital city. >> information the full extent of the dam
that al qaeda in yemen was actively recruiting people to attack the united states but those agencies failed to follow through. >> rather than a failure to collect or share gel skwrepbs, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> reporter: the review ordered by the president finds that the u.s. government had sufficient information prior to attempted december 25 attack to have potentially disrupted the al qaeda plot. but when the president met in the oval office to review terrorist threats just three days before the attack, umar farouk abdulmutallab was not even on the list, despite a series of red flags. >> what's new here and what's important and dramatic is the fact that you have an al qaeda affiliate trying to hit the homeland directly. >> reporter: numerous officials, including the president's top homeland security advisors say they share in the blame. >> i told president today i let him down. >> reporter: the head of the national counterterrorism center left for a ski vacation shortly after the attack, meeting with the white house by se
by the earthquake, they're beginning a new life in the united states. but back in haiti, many others are still desperate for a way out. and the changing economics of marriage. more men reaping the benefits of their wives' bigger paychecks. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. just a few short months ago, no one could have imagined it: the senate seat once held by john f. kennedy and then for decades by ted kennedy inn danger of going to a republican in the bluest of blue states. but that was the storyline going into today's special election in massachusetts. some recent polls show the republican scott brown pulling ahead of democrat martha coakley, once considered a shoe-in. one had brown with a four-point lead. if he wins, senate democrats would lose their supermajority, putting health care reform in serious jeopardy. nancy cordes is in boston tonight. nancy, this race has caught the democrats off guard, and now they are really scrambling. >> reporter: that's right, katie.
in the united states. >> the instability in yemen is a threat to regional stability and even global stability. >> couric: and yemen's crushing poverty-- nearly half of its 22 million people live off less than $2 a day-- makes it fur tile ground for recruiting terrorists. now, until recently, u.s. policy was to help yemen fight its own battle against terrorists. but david martin tells us tonight that's changed. the u.s. military is now ready to strike. >> reporter: the u.s. embassy in yemen remained close under threat of attack, while offshore a u.s. carrier and a warship armed with cruise missile waited for orders to strike al qaeda targets. as one pentagon official put it "we've stirred up a hornet's nest." u.s. jets and cruise missiles launched two strikes against al qaeda last month in which a number of senior operatives are believed to have been killed, along with would be suicide bombers on their way to the country's capital where the american embassy is located. couple that with the attempt to blow up an american airliner on christmas day, and you can see al qaeda in yemen was trying to
." that puts britain on par with the threat level currently here in the united states. officials say it means a terrorist attack is highly likely but not imminent. nearly 200 terror suspects remain in custody at guantanamo bay in cuba. as bob orr reports, they were supposed to be gone by today. >> reporter: president obama made the promise on his second day in office. >> guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now. >> reporter: but on this deadline day, the guantanamo prison is still open and big obstacles remain. a justice department task force concludes 50 of the 196 terror suspects held at gitmo can't be tried but are too dangerous to be released. that means president obama may be forced to continue the bush administration's practice of holding some prisoners without charges. >> it is illegal, it is against over 200 years of united states law that we don't hold people indefinitely without charge. >> reporter: at the moment, there's no place to move those detainees. congress so far has not supporting a plan to house them at this illinois prison. of the remaining prisoners, the
erin and her brother yesterday. he did not make it. she's in stable condition in the united states. molly is here. >> if it's too much longer then we don't have any choice any more, we can't send her. we have to find a way of doing a cremation. >> reporter: her body was found at 4:00 this morning and brought down from the hills. and her parents would like to bring her body home, but with the infrastructure challenges, katie, it may take quite a while. >> couric: everything is such a challenge here. what about the rescue and recovery workers. it must be so difficult for them. >> reporter: it really is. if you look behind us you see how difficult it. is we were standing right here the day after the earthquake watching these rescue missions. this is what it looked like the day after. this man was calling to rescue workers after and several nourse the beating sun they were able to pull him out and he was alive. >> couric: kelly, thank you so much. and i'll have much more from haiti a little later in the broadcast but for now let's go to harry resmith in new york. >> smith: katie, thank
makeover in the muslim world. >> al qaeda has really corrupt it had image of the united states worldwide. what we need to do is let them know that skaeld evil incar gnat. >> reporter: the sobering reality is no solution enacted since 9/11 was able to prevent al qaeda from penetrating america's defenses on christmas day. the reason at attack failed was not because of any success on the u.s. part, because it was a failure on there part. >> maybe that was a good wakeup call that folks within the community need to work harder and put together those bits and pieces of information so we can stop the next person from getting on that plane. >> reporter: it's a wakeup call brennan knows may not come again. but he doesn't believe the next attack is just a matter of time. "i don't want another one" he told me. "i want perfection." and that commitment, katie, may be the best way to keep america safe. >> couric: lara logan in washington, thanks so much for that report. for more on this series in partnership with "u.s.a. today," you can go to cbsnews.com and you can let us know where you stand on the
beyond the united states to chine and europe. but they still have no details on exactly when drivers will see repairs or how. at issue in part is a problem with the accelerator, which in rare cases gets stuck, possibly because of a conden saigdz buildup that makes it unable to spring back properly. one consumer group says that has led to more than 2,000 insdens since 1999, including at least 275 crashes and 18 deaths. >> the tires were smoke, the brakes were smoking from riding the brakes for about five miles. >> reporter: toyota point to the the make effort accelerator, cts, which says it has ramped up production of redesigned pedals but that still leaves current drivers in limbo-- what to do with their vehicles. >> my wife freaked out this morning and feels it's very unsafe to drive the car and said, "we can't drive the car." >> reporter: for toyota, a still-developing business embarrassment. >> i think in the short term it's going to be very damaging for toyota and the toyota fans and loyalists. >> reporter: and for millions of drivers, a continuing life-and-death concern. jeff g
such communication as the president of the united states shall be pleased to make. and with that, president obama will deliver his first state of the union address. it will focus largely on the number-one issue on the minds of so many americans: jobs and the economy. chip reid is at the white house tonight and, chip, he's got their attention. people want action, so what is he going to tell them. >> reporter: he's going to tell them essentially that he gets it. that he's going to put the economy at the very top of his agenda. with anxious americans demanding that he do more to turn around the economy, the president tonight will try to answer their call. >> what you'll hear the president discuss tonight for about two-thirds of this speech are the circumstances that our economy is in and his way forward to getting that economy moving again. >> reporter: to cut the deficit, the president will propose a bipartisan commission to make recommendations to congress and a three-year freeze on some government spending. but critics say the commission will have no teeth and cuts from the freeze will be a drop
. the united states by comparison has about two and a half million men and women in uniform, with 182,000 of them now fighting two wars. tonight, national security correspondent david martin shows us how the u.s. military trains to defend the country against an ever-changing enemy as "cbs reports: where america stands." >> reporter: if one moment could capture the unexpect fraud ma of the wars in iraq and afghanistan this would be it. american soldiers hit by a roadside bomb. something as simple as a homemade booby trap literally blew up america's plan for quick and easy victories. the report kaud is written and n blood and treasure. 5,300 dead, more than a third of them killed by roadside bombs. 36,000 wounded. more than 950 amputees. two million have deployed to iraq and afghanistan, more than half of them leaving families behind, some have served five combat tours. 300,000 are estimated to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression. 480,000 who have left the service are now in the v.a. system. the soldiers have made the sacrifices, but the american taxpayer has
part of a larger plot against the united states. today, government officials told cbs news there is what they call an ongoing credible threat from the group behind the christmas attack al qaeda in yemen. they say the threat is not specific but it will mean more pat-downs at airports and more air marshalls on international flights. that unsettling news aside, a group of scientists believes the world has become a slightly safer place. because world leaders have pledged to reduce nuclear arsenals and slow climate change. so today, the bulletin of atomic scientists moved its so-called doomsday clock back one minute to six minutes to midnight. the clock symbolizes how close mankind is to is. destruction. coming up next, more from katie and our team in haiti. to my grandkids, i'm nana. i'm friend, secret-keeper, and playmate. do you think i'd let osteoporosis slow me down? so i asked my doctor about reclast because i heard it's the only once-a-year iv osteoporosis treatment. he told me all about it and i said that's the one for nana. he said reclast can help restrengthen my bones
in the united states. most were already in the process of being adopted by american families. today, they were flown from haiti to orlando, florida, and then on to pittsburgh. and as manuel gallegus tells us, some of their new families were there waiting to welcome them. >> we just got to spend ten minutes with him, they gave us ten minutes. >> reporter: jill and bruce leer from watertown, south dakota, can't believe their nine-year-old adopted children are actually here, part of the large group offer faps who landed at pittsburgh's airport this morning. >> we thought it would take years and we were really worried and then we get a call to come see them. and bring them home. >> reporter: moments before speaking with us, they were reunited at children's hospital of pittsburgh with ange laurette and pierre cardin, the haitian girl and boy they've been waiting for a year and a half to adopt. >> they look happy, they're content but i think they're exhausted. >> reporter: 53 of haiti's orphans arrived in the winter chill, many of them with big smiles and only the clothes on their back. doctors who
,000 of their children to the united states. >> i'm absolutely convinced it's going happen. >> reporter: for now, the archdiocese is trying to help thousands of haitians already in the u.s. as many as 200,000 are expected to apply for temporary protective status, an 18-month reprieve from deportation and a permit to work. >> this is glory. this is a glory for all my family. >> reporter: about 30,000 haitians were set to be deported before the earthquake. those people will now be allowed to apply for temporary protective status. katie? >> couric: kelly cobiella in miami tonight. thank you, kelly. by the way, friday's telethon, "hope for haiti now" raised $58 million and pledges continue to come in. by comparison, a similar telethon after 9/11 brought in about $150 million. a benefit for victims of the south asian tsunami raised about $18 million. and a telethon following hurricane katrina $40 million. coming up next here on the "cbs evening news," members of congress went to copenhagen and you got the bill. now we know just how big a bill. we'll follow the money next. why do women like you love a
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